Blotter: Police arrest suspect in robbery

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Denton police arrested a man in connection with the robbery of a credit union Tuesday.

According to police, officers were dispatched to the robbery in the 900 block of West University Drive shortly before 1 p.m.

A man dressed in a yellow striped shirt, khakis and a hat with the letter “T” on it, waited in line for his turn with a teller, a police report states. When he reached the counter, the man handed a note to the employee that read “hand over all your cash or I will shoot you,” the teller told police. The teller said she placed about $18,500 in cash on the counter at her station.

According to the police report, the man picked up the cash and walked out of the credit union, taking the note with him.

A witness standing in line behind the man at the credit union told police he recognized a concerned look on the teller’s face. The witness told police he followed the man out of the building after the robbery and called police. The witness told police the man hid by a Dumpster behind a doughnut shop before he entered a nearby grocery store.

Police set up a perimeter around the store. Officers learned that the suspect was at the back of the store. Officers moved in, surrounded the suspect and placed him in handcuffs about 20 minutes after the robbery was called in, according to reports.

Officers reported that the witness positively identified the man handcuffed in the grocery store as the individual involved in the robbery.

Another officer, according to a report, reviewed surveillance tape from the credit union that showed the suspect standing in line, the witness making eye contact with the teller while the suspect was at the counter and the witness following the suspect, with cash in hand, as he left the building.

 

Other reports

Near the 500 block of North Loop 288 — Denton police interviewed a child who said she was the victim of an attempted kidnapping.

The girl told police that while she was waiting near a bus stop Tuesday morning, a white man about 40 to 50 years old with brown hair and a full beard, driving a brown or beige sport utility vehicle with paper tags stopped and waved at her.

The girl told police she returned the wave. The man, she said, took a photo of her with a green camera.

The girl told police the man got out of his vehicle and attempted to approach her. Police reported the girl ran toward a nearby apartment complex where there were other students at a bus stop.

The man, according to the report, returned to his SUV and followed the girl, parking the vehicle in a lot at the complex. The girl told police the man watched her for a while and changed shirts. The girl said he left while she was talking to friends.

The girl’s mother was contacted and said she had no additional information. Area principals were notified of the incident and given a description of the suspect and vehicle.

The investigation is preliminary, according to police, and a close patrol has been placed at the bus stop in the mornings and afternoons and at the girl’s home.

3500 block of South Interstate 35E — Officers were dispatched to a hospital in response to a report of injury to a child.

A 2-month-old girl was dropped off at a day care center at about 8 a.m. Tuesday by her mother, according to the police report. The mother said that after she left school, she picked up her child at 4:10 p.m.

She told police that day care workers told her that her daughter had been crying “hysterically” for six hours and that her leg appeared injured.

The day care owner drove the mother and daughter to the hospital, where doctors confirmed the girl had a fractured femur, according to the report.

A doctor told police the fracture could have been caused by the leg twisting while the girl was asleep.

The day care owner left the hospital before police arrived to question her, according to the report.

Police contacted Child Protective Services to check on the welfare of the girl. The investigation is continuing.

 

Roundup

From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

•  Denton police handled 275 service and officer-initiated calls, including reports of 12 thefts, an attempted kidnapping, injury to a child, an identity theft report, a bank robbery, four burglaries of a vehicle, a fraud, an illegal possession of a firearm and a credit card fraud.

•  Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 704 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. A total of 33 people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of one medical call, a forgery/fraud case, and burglary of a vehicle.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 15 medical calls, one deceased person, five traffic accidents with injuries, two requests for public service, a hazardous condition, a building fire and a police matter.

Argyle firefighters responded to a structure fire, an odor investigation and a traffic accident.

Aubrey firefighters responded to three medical calls and two structure fires.

Double Oak firefighters responded to a structure fire.

Krum firefighters responded to a medical call, a structure fire and a call about loose livestock.

Lake Cities’ firefighters responded to three medical calls, a domestic disturbance and three traffic accidents.

Oak Point firefighters responded to a structure fire.

Ponder firefighters responded to a medical call.

Pilot Point firefighters responded three medical calls, a grass fire and a structure fire.

Sanger firefighters responded to a structure fire, a road hazard, two medical calls and a traffic accident.

Staff writer John Harden contributed to this report.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is btabor@dentonrc.com .

 

Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.


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